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The Best Of BR549

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One of the hottest acts to come out of Nashville over the past decade is BR549. These five guys have taken the country by storm each time they return to our shores. As I write at the end of June, they are due to play two dates in the U.K., Dingwalls, London and Notts Americana festival. Their no frills Hillbilly style will even draw applause from the ghosts of Moon Mullican, Tommy Collins and Hank Williams, whose music BR549 have given a new lease of life to. While playing at Nashville's famous Robert's Western World on Lower Broadway, John Michael Montgomery once offered $25 for every Hank Williams song Chuck Mead could sing. Montgomery called it a day when his wallet gave out at $600.

Available on the Gravity label, this 17-track Best Of BR549 album had its U.K. release in June. The first 6 tracks are taken from their first full album BR5-49, and includes the most poignant version of Gram Parson's "Hickory Wind" that I've ever heard. Tracks 7-10 come off the Big Backyard Beat Show album, with "A House Of Gold" and "Seven Nights To Rock" never being released in the U.K. before. "You're A Hum-Dinger" and "Uneasy Rider" can be found on the Coast To Coast album, while "18 Wheels & A Crowbar", "Bettie Plug/Bettie Bettie" and "Me'n'Opie (Down By The Duck Pond)" are featured on the debut Live From Roberts E.P. Nine of the 17 songs are written by the band.

Somebody told me recently that when he first saw BR549 on CMT a few years ago, he thought that they were a band from the 1950's. When going to see the band playing live in concert he expected to see five old men on stage. No fear!!! BR549 are a bunch of young guys who re-create a style of music and fun from a time when country music was what many of us call proper country!!! BR549 easily and enthusiastically cut through the smog of what the Nashville establishment are trying to masquerade as country. The live tracks re-create the electricity and excitement that these 5 highly talented young musicians generate in concert. If you haven't seen these guys playing live, make sure you don't miss them next time around. BR549 have long been the saviours of country music and this Best Of album is all that and more. The Best Of Country Music!





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